- How Comcast and Time Warner Cable helped defeat the inventor of net neutrality [Quartz]: “But the two companies are among the most politically influential in the country, and have demonstrated their clout even at the state level: Since [Andrew] Cuomo’s run for governor in 2010, Comcast and Time Warner have given his campaign more than $200,000, and also donated $500,000 to a party political account controlled by the governor. The disparity of resources between the two campaigns is a key reason for [Zephyr] Teachout and [Tim] Wu’s loss.”
- How Netflix, reddit—and even Comcast—pledged support for net neutrality today [Ars Technica]
- Shareholder voting set for Comcast and Time Warner Cable deal [Philadelphia Inquirer]: “Comcast shareholder approvals seem assured as Brian Roberts, the company’s chief executive officer, chairman, and son of founder Ralph Roberts, agreed in the merger negotiations with Time Warner Cable to vote Class B shares held in two family trusts, dated 1993 and 1998, for the deal. The Robertses’ super-voting Class B shares account for about 33 percent of the shareholder vote at the Philadelphia cable giant.”
- Univision, an early Comcast critic, signs long-term sports deal [Washington Post]: “‘I am still concerned that the proposed merger could be bad for competition and, most importantly, bad for Hispanic audiences,’ Falco said during a first-quarter earnings conference call. ‘The fact is that there is not one other media or telecommunications company that has the level of vertical integration of Comcast – I’m talking about video, broadband and content – not Google, not AT&T, not Facebook, not the satellite providers.'”
- For Comcast, independent networks will be a merger issue [Philadelphia Inquirer]: “Comcast Corp. executive and chief lobbyist David Cohen testified in Washington in April and May that the cable giant was a friend to independent cable networks, saying that Xfinity customers have access to more than 160 small or independent channels. The founder and chairman of one of those channels, Patrick Gottsch, of the rural network RFD-TV, in Omaha, Neb., has a different take on it.”
- Comcast chooses firm to design interior of new Philadelphia skyscraper [Philadelphia Business Journal]
- Discovery CEO tells FCC he’s concerned about Comcast merger with Time Warner Cable [Washington Post]
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